Panera Bread Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Great environment and great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Panera Bread Associate in Newton, MA

    I worked at Panera Bread

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great feeling to work for a company who cares so much about giving back, integrity, and creating a positive and happy environment. While it is a chain, there are many loyal customers who come to Panera every day. The company stresses to build relationships with customers and make sure employees are doing anything and everything to make the customer happy.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great. There is also sometimes a lack of guidance and organization while at work. I would say that organization is the weakest part.

    Advice to Management

    Some advice to management would be to have a longer training process where new employees are not only trained at the start of their time, but throughout the starting time.

  2. Fun first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some of the staff are really dedicated and care about their work

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in staff

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about career advancement of your employees. The day-to-day operations and busy work makes management forget about advancement of their employees.

  3. Good Startup

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cafe Associate in West Roxbury, MA
    Former Employee - Cafe Associate in West Roxbury, MA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    relatively high pay, and part time work isn't too bad, it's good as a first job or a teen job

    Cons

    once you start to close or open the store, the money starts to be less and less worth the work that you're doing, the management in general is unorganized, which causes misunderstandings with customers and things

    Advice to Management

    get better organization and find a better way to effectively treat your employees (specifically closers and openers)

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good and bad at every work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours are decent and I don't smell like alcohol or french fries at the end of the shift.

    Cons

    Side expectations, such as labor scheduling, food cost critique and general reports invariably fall on your personal time do get it done.

    Advice to Management

    I came to Panera to manage. Instead, I find we are allocated management time, ie customer interaction, for 2 hours out of the day. After that, you are a wheel in the machine.

  6. Helpful (1)

    It's work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Chelmsford, MA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you get paid
    you often work with fun individuals

    Cons

    you are at the whim of managers often with little experience and who bring personal baggage into the work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective of who you hire as mangers and supervisors and provide them with higher compensation to promote the retention of quality personnel.

  7. I enjoyed working as a team and training new employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Trainer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Panera Bread part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility and the bread bashes were a lot of fun.

    Cons

    A lot of work for a low wage.

  8. Helpful (1)

    It was my first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bakery Associate in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Bakery Associate in Hingham, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The other staff members were all really helpful and willing to drop what they're doing to help you out

    Cons

    Management is often times lazy and non-existent on the sales floor. Scheduling is difficult to change.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to perform the actions of your associates on the floor and help them out every once in a while.

  9. Helpful (1)

    WARNING AT PANERA BREAD!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want enjoy a job at Panera it is really easy getting the job and the experience is not necessary at all.

    Is a good beginning to start your career in the work enviroment.

    You can accommodate work schedules at your convenience.

    In many cases the shift managers are very understanding and you can talk to them about schedules.

    Have employee benefits, discounts on food, and if you work in the afternoon shift to close, you can take home the leftovers of pastry! Is very Delicioso!

    Cons

    The wage is very bad compared to everything you do at Panera.

    If you are a single person and you don't have many bills to pay, is a good job. If not, I wouldn't recommend it to you.

    You'll have to work holidays and weekends.

    You must prepare food without errors as quickly as possible and should work under pressure.

    When you start your work at Panera, the first training is in the dining room, that includes cleaning tables, making coffee (you have to change it each hour) washing dishes and cleaning bathrooms.

    Advice to Management

    If you can work under pressure it's fine!

    You can take this job as an extra income or as fun as taking experience!

  10. Very hectic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the fact that this is reputable company that has such high standards

    Cons

    They set set high expectations and are always looking for more

  11. Helpful (1)

    The hours are poorly planned but my coworkers are great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Panera Bread full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees at Panera are more friendly and open-minded than many other chain restaurants, but then again I work next to a college that most of the employees attend. The food is more healthful and I can recommend it over McDonald's. It's the lesser of two evils. I have coworkers from Brazil and Puerto Rico and we talk to each other in Spanish and Portuguese, so I am learning real skills not related to food service. I don't hear a lot of Spanish in Starbucks.
    They have a good food discount-65% on shift, 40% off shift. I can get a green smoothie for two bucks on shift when I can't stop and eat. That being said, vegans and vegetarians really don't want to eat the food-the vegetables touch meat often. Omnivores are happier there.

    Cons

    The dish washing is disgusting. I am vegan and wouldn't eat off the plates here if there was anything I -could- eat; their is no separation of foods.

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE WASH THEIR HANDS.
    I am not exaggerating. Not a single time. Only myself and one guy in pre-med.
    Disposable gloves are worn for sandwich/salad assembly but not changed between stations nor when making vegetarian items. I had to stop my trainers multiple times to wash our hands during training. They looked at me like I was crazy when I asked them to wash their hands before they went back to making drinks after handling dirty dishes. I am surprised so few people have gotten sick.

    The hours are insane-I don't mean fifty hours a week, but irregular and often scheduled in a way that adversely effects health. My first month I was usually scheduled a few close shifts then a few open shifts, often five then nine hours so I didn't get breaks. I was expected at six when I was there at 10:30 the night before and had to travel an hour and a half to and from home-yes, the managers know how far I live! They drive five minutes to work so they don't care.

    I take public transit and had to adjust my availability, which the managers chewed me out for-then the first thing they did was schedule me for the only half day I originally can't work!

    The pay is not enough for the level of personal maturity and hours Panera expects from associates-full-time is 270-350 a week! If I didn't live in a dumpy apartment I would starve to death. It's a wage that can only work if you have other income like mooching from parents (college student strategy) or social security (older worker strategy).

    Advice to Management

    Make a regular schedule that considers sleep and travel times. It's not hard-I see a few favorite employees with consistent hours. Stop randomly assigning everyone else to stress them out. I'm always afraid to sign up or plan on something since I never know when I'm working.
    Pay people a more. Panera makes a ton of money. They charge so much for food and pay employees the same as Dunkin Donuts! This makes no sense! The older more realiable and experienced workers cannot afford to live. My coworker works six days a week for 70 hours between Panera and Shaw's so he can feed his two kids. This is depressing.

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